Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka are all set to lock horns with each other in the women’s final of US Open. Both the players used to be ranked No. 1 and both of them have already won two Grand Slam titles and are vying for their third career Grand Slam singles title. For Osaka, the fourth seed, it would be a third tennis major trophy in two years. For Azarenka, a former world number one, it would be a first since 2013.
Along with the trophy, the winner will also take home the prize money of $3,000,000.
Interestingly, ranked no. 9 Osaka and ranked no. 27 Azarenka were supposed to clash with each other for the Western & Southern Open title two weeks ago before Osaka withdrew with a hamstring injury due to which the title was handed to Azarenka.
But now both the players will finally be up against each other and they surely deserved to be in the US Open finals as both Naomi and Victoria have been in top form in the tournament. Both were simply brilliant in their thrilling three-set semifinal victories, and the summit clash has all the makings of a classic.
ROAD TO FINALS
22-year-old Osaka, whose estimated net worth is $37 million, reached the finals after defeating Misaki Doi, Camila Giorgi, Marta Kostyuk, Anett Kontaveit, Shelby Rogers and Jennifer Brady.
Naomi Osaka route to US Open finals:
R1: 6-2 5-7 6-2 Doi
R2: 6-1 6-2 Giorgi
R3: 6-3 6-7 6-2 Kostyuk
R4: 6-3 6-4 Kontaveit
QF: 6-3 6-4 Rogers
SF: 7-6 3-6 6-3 Brady
Noticeably, Osaka displayed a top-notch performance in the semifinal, where she defeated Brady (7-61 3-6 6-3). During the match Osaka scored 99 points vs Brady’s 88. Naomi was exceptionally aggressive to blast 43 winners.
31-year-old Azarenka, whose estimated net worth is $20 million, reached the finals after beating Barbara Haas, Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Swiatek, Karolina Muchova, Elise Mertens and Serena Williams.
Naomi Osaka route to US Open finals:
R1: 6-1 6-2 Haas
R2: 6-1 6-3 Sabalenka
R3: 6-4 6-2 Swiatek
R4: 5-7 6-1 6-4 Muchova
QF: 6-1 6-0 Mertens
SF: 1-6 6-3 6-3 Williams
In the semis, Victoria bounced back from a set down to defeat Williams (1-6 6-3 6-3). During the match Azarenka scored 81 points vs Williams’s 78. Victoria thrashed 38 winners during the match.
HEAD TO HEAD
Naomi Osaka and Victoria Azarenka have faced each other thrice in the past, with the Japanese leading the head-to-head 2-1. Osaka has won their past two matches, most recently a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory in the 2019 French Open second round.
Tactically, Osaka might have the edge, particularly with Azarenka’s former coach Wim Fissette in her corner. On the other hand, Victoria will have psychological advantage as she has a winning record of 1-0 on hard court against Osaka.
The final game will be also be the battle between Osakas serving and Azarenkas returning. Osaka ranks No. 2 in the 128-woman field by winning 93% of her service games, 65 of 70; Azarenka ranks No. 2 by winning 55% of her return games, 31 of 56.
Overall Performance in this tournament
Osaka has dropped 3 set in this tournament to win 56% of the points she played, while Victoria Azarenka conceded 2 sets.
Also, the Japanese scored 191 winners (37% of the total points). On the other side, Victoria scored 179 winners (41%).
Osaka struck 35 aces (5.8 per match), whille Azarenka fired 16 aces (2.7 per match).
Naomi has never lost a Grand Slam match beyond the quarter-finals. Azarenka has won two of her four Slam finals, with her defeats coming in three sets to the greatest of all-time Serena Williams.
If Azarenka defeats Osaka then she will become only the fourth women — after Belgium’s Kim Clijsters, Court and fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong — to win Grand Slam singles titles in the Open era after having children.
Here’s all you need to know about US Open 2020 women’s finals:
When to watch US Open 2020 finals LIVE?
US Open women’s finals will be played on September 13 as Osaka will take on Azarenka at 1:30 am IST.
The men’s finals between Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev will take place on September 14. However, the timing of the match is yet to be finalised.
How to watch US Open finals LIVE Streaming in India?
The finals of US Open will be televised live in India on Star Sports Select 1/2, while the live streaming in the Indian Sub-Continent will be available on the Disney+Hotstar app.